TAMPA -- The brewing tension between Tampa police and Occupy Wall Street protesters has led to at least six arrests.
Tampa police began making arrests Friday morning after protesters refused to move off the sidewalk in front of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Police say the protesters were violating city codes.
Later, a small group of protesters marched toward police headquarters in downtown Tampa, chanting “arrest corrupt police.”
Bill is aimed at ending tuition discrimination
TALLAHASSEE -- Proposed legislation would let U.S. citizens whose parents are illegal immigrants qualify for in-state university tuition if they are Florida residents.
State Rep. Reggie Fullwood filed the bill Friday, two days after the state was sued over the issue.
State universities currently charge much higher out-of-state tuition to the sons and daughters of illegal immigrants even if they are U.S. citizens and Florida residents.
The Southern Poverty Law Center sued the state Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Miami.
The lawsuit alleges the policy discriminates against U.S. citizens and is unconstitutional.
Lawmaker draws fire over Hispanic comments
TALLAHASSEE -- A state senator is drawing fire over his comments about a proposal to draw a heavily Hispanic congressional district in the Orlando area.
At a Senate Reapportionment Committee meeting this week, Sen. Alan Hays said lawmakers should make sure Hispanic residents are citizens before drawing up such districts.
He added that everyone knows many Hispanics are “not legal.”
One Hispanic lawmaker says Hays should apologize. Another says he should remove himself from the committee. Both are Democrats.
Hays did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday.
Rep. Janet Cruz of Tampa said Hays is calling for a “witch hunt.” Cruz and Rep. Luis Garcia of Miami noted Orlando area Hispanics are mostly Puerto Ricans. They are citizens because Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory.
-- Herald wire services